Would you believe I’ve had this post sitting in my drafts since September? I can tell you why, because I made this cake for my Dads birthday and about 3 days later I went back to work *sigh* so i went from having all the time in the world to none and this kind of thing gets put on the back burner.. I mean this is a (supposed) beauty blog after all. But since Easter is coming up I thought I would share my little masterpiece for those who would like to have a pop.. pardon the pun.
First you have to make the cake, you can do this in a tin or in cupcake case, whatever.. it’s only going to get mashed up anyway so whichever you find easiest. If you need a recipe I have a super duper fool proof one here
The recipe I followed instructed to use frosting to bind the mixture together but I ran out after making the big cake (to stick the pops in) so I improvised with fluff and when the fluff ran out I improvised with nutella (I’m ensured they were delicious all the same) I don’t think it matter what you use so long as it sticks the crumbs together! *note* must be edible
I divided up the mixture, rolled the cake in to balls and stuck in the lollipop sticks I bought from Asda. At this stage I believe I put them in the fridge for half an hour to ‘set’ but given that I had used my own unique blend of stickiness I don’t think it was necessary.. I can imagine the butter cream would benefit from this however.
Now comes the fun part..
You can use whichever topping you like, I think I would choose dark chocolate if I was making them for me but this white chocolate cake covering was recommended as it’s very fluid and of course you can add food colouring if you so wish.
Dip in each cake pop making sure to cover the join where the stick goes in as this secures it. The covering set pretty quickly and each of mine got at least two dips to make sure they were totally covered.
The tricky part is adding the sprinkles at the optimum moment where the chocolate is still tacky but it’s not dripping.. it’s an art form and I only got it on about my 10th go.. not easy!
But then decorating them is the whole point of the exercise so you’re happy to persevere!
I made a cake as a base for my cake pops but I would not suggest you do this! They are heavy and the cake cannot support them! Next time I will buy a block of polystyrene or the like as they all fell over and basically ruined the cake.. you live you learn!
Overall I was please with my first attempt, they’re not difficult to make at all, just a little messy. A few things to note : I used both vanilla and chocolate cake crumbled together and substituted the frosting.. you can pretty mcuh make your own rules here, as long as it all sticks together you can do what you like.. you could even use jam!
Happy Cake Popping!